Make an elegant single-bottle wine rack from pallets

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection…” said Ernest Hemingway.

The true wine connoisseur is, of course, a collector. Many of them dedicate entire rooms to storing their prized bottles. But since most of us do not own a wine cellar, we get by with what space we have for our bottles.

There are all kinds of built-in, temperature-controlled wine storage options for those who lack the space but not the love of wine. As always, however, we here at OBN enjoy making our own.

This project is perfect those who enjoy wine but only buy expensive bottles for special occasions.
This project is perfect those who enjoy wine but only buy expensive bottles for special occasions. (Photo: Felipe S27/instructables.com)

How to Make a Single-Bottle Wine Rack

This project is perfect those who enjoy wine but only buy expensive bottles for special occasions. Those who have more extensive wine collections will appreciate the finished product as a delightful addition to their wine storage and home decor.

Here is how you can build a charming single-bottle wine rack from a few pallets.

Materials

  • A small pallet
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • 80 grit sand paper

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Jig saw
  • Drill
  • Orbital sander
  • 1/2″ flat drill bit
  • Hole saw
  • Hammer

Step 1. Dismantle the pallets.

Start by dismantling the base of the pallet. Hit the chocks with your hammer. Then, to detach the top section, hit on the wood planks that maintain the structure of the pallet. (These planks will be unusable as you will break them.)

Use a crowbar or your hammer to dislodge the nails from the boards.

Use a crowbar or your hammer to dislodge the nails from the boards.

Step 2. Assemble the back panel.

Select 3 boards for the back panel. Choose boards with sides that are straight enough to allow a good contact surface. Mark 60 centimeters on each board.

Lightly sand the sides of the boards. You want them just smooth enough so that the glue can hold them together.

Use plenty of wood glue and spread it on the sides of the boards with your fingers.

Use clamps to hold the pieces together. If you don’t have big clamps, you can use staples.

Ensure that the joints between the boards are fastened as tight as possible.

Ensure that the joints between the boards are fastened as tight as possible.
Ensure that the joints between the boards are fastened as tight as possible.

Step 3. Cut the cup support.

You can start building the cups support while the back panel dries. Measure the width of the back panel and cut 2 pieces with the same measurements.

Measure the width of the back panel and cut 2 pieces with the same measurements.
Measure the width of the back panel and cut 2 pieces with the same measurements.

Step 4. Drill holes for the cups.

Select one of the boards cut in Step 2 and measure the middle of the width, tracing a line with a pencil. Do the same for the height.

By so doing, you’ll be dividing the wood into 2 sections. Measure the middle of each section and drill a hole through with the 1/2″ flat drill bit.

Once that is done, trace 2 lines from the edges of the hole to the edge of the wood. Cut the outlined sections out with your jig saw.

You should also cut spacers 3 centimeters in height.

Measure the middle of each piece and drill a hole through with the 1/2" flat drill bit.
Measure the middle of each section and drill a hole through with the 1/2″ flat drill bit.

Step 5. Sand and glue the cup support together.

Sand all pieces for the cups support. Then, using wood glue and clamps, build the cup holder assembly.

Using wood glue and clamps, build the cup holder assembly.

Step 6. Cut the bottle holder.

Now you begin work on the bottle holder. Select a board and make a 45º angle cut on one end with the circular saw.

Measure 28cm from the cut end and cut again with 45º angle in the opposite direction. (The cuts should look something like this: /____\.)

The cut piece for the bottle holder should look like this.
The cut piece for the bottle holder should look like this.

Step 7. Drill the bottle hole.

This step involves drilling a hole through the bottle holder piece you just cut. Measure 9.5 centimeters from one end of the board and use the hole saw to drill a 90º angle hole through the wood.

Remember that the hole should be slightly large enough to fit a bottleneck. Sand the inside of the hole.

Use the hole saw to drill a 90º angle hole through the bottle holder board.

Step 8. Dry fit and cut the back panel.

The glue on the back panel should be dry by now. If not, then wait until it is completely dry. Then, use your circular saw to cut where you earlier marked 60 cm on the panel.

When that’s done, dry fit the entire assembly, making sure that all the pieces fit together snugly.

Dry fit the entire assembly, making sure that all the pieces fit together snugly.
Dry fit the entire assembly, making sure that all the pieces fit together snugly.

Step 9. Glue the pieces together.

Glue the entire assembly together. Use screws through the back panel to fasten everything tight.

Glue the entire assembly together.
Glue the entire assembly together.

Step 10. Apply the finish.

As always, your work space will need to be free of any dust or dirt before you can start applying the varnish. Clean everything with a damp cloth and let dry.

Apply 2 coats of varnish on the wine rack.  Use a flat paintbrush, a rag, or foam applicator to apply the varnish to the wood.

Use long, even strokes, and work along the wood grain. Then, let the varnish dry for at least 24 hours.

Apply 2 coats of varnish on the wine rack.
Apply 2 coats of varnish on the wine rack.  

After that, you can hang your wine rack on the wall.

You can hang your wine rack on a wall.
You can hang your wine rack on a wall.

Wine can be a good, comforting friend in times of anxiety. And, like any dependable friend, a good bottle is deserving of a suitable place in our homes.

Wine can be a good, comforting friend in times of anxiety.
Wine can be a good, comforting friend in times of anxiety.

We thank foradoescritorio for this excellent project.

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